Manchester Metropolitan University

A modern university in a global city.

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Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest universities in the UK and is a modern university with a history of education dating back to 1824. The university has a proud tradition of diversity, sustainability and a focus on industry-relevant degrees.

Awarded university status in 1992, Manchester Metropolitan University is part of the biggest higher education campus in the UK and one of the most extensive education centers in Europe. The university is also ranked as a Top 200 university under 50 years old by Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020.

Students will benefit from a recent £400 million investment in research and teaching facilities, including a £75 million in the Business School and Student Hub, as well as a £35 million building for the Manchester School of Art. 

The university offers more than 1,000 vocational, degree and postgraduate programs in a wide variety of subject areas, several of which are top 20 in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide 2021.

Located in one of the most exciting cities in the world, according to Time Out Index 2019, the university is committed to providing a world-class international student experience.

Manchester Metropolitan University is also internationally recognized, with more than 2,750 international students from 130 different countries. INTO students will study at the INTO Manchester Center, where they will prepare academically for study at the university.

Two Manchester Metropolitan University students conduct experiment wearing sound-proof ear muffs, goggles, and blue coats in physics laboratory.

The INTO Manchester Center

Established in 2008, the INTO Manchester Center is located in the heart of one of the most popular student cities in the world.

INTO Manchester is based in Bridgewater House, an impressive former Edwardian Cotton Mill, now converted into offices and teaching space. The center is within walking distance of the main city center whilst also situated close to Manchester Metropolitan University.

Within the center, students benefit from newly-modernized facilities including a well-equipped Learning Resource Center, silent study areas, computing suites, an admissions and accommodation office, and social areas. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards which create dynamic learning environments.

In center, there is a dedicated student services team offering 24-hour support and an on-going social activity program.

Students at INTO Manchester stay in either Liberty Heights or Liberty Point student accommodation or specially selected homestay accommodation. Both of the student accommodation options are around 5-10 minutes away from the INTO center.

E-Learning facilities

Throughout your studies you will have access to the center's virtual learning environment. Use this to download lecture notes and other course content, as well as additional materials that can complement your in-class studies.

International students speak with instructor at desk with tripod in INTO Manchester Centre.


Academic programs at INTO Manchester are validated by the Northern Consortium (NCUK). The high-quality programs are designed to prepare students for success at Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition, INTO offers students the opportunity to apply for direct admission into degree programs at the university.

INTO Manchester Programs:

International Foundation:

  • Art and Design
  • Business and Humanities
  • Science and Engineering

International Year One:

  • International Business, Accounting and Finance

Also available:

  • Academic English
  • General English


INTO Manchester international students look at art object made of wood, small posts, and airy fabric, while sitting at desk holding glue and wood.

Contact the center

INTO Manchester
Bridgewater House
58/60 Whitworth Street
M1 6LT
United Kingdom

T: +44 161 631 1200

Center leadership

Dawn Abbott

Dawn Abbott

Center Director, INTO Manchester
Dawn Abbott

Dawn Abbott

Center Director, INTO Manchester

Dawn Abbott has been the Center Director for INTO Manchester since it opened in 2008 and leads the team at the center to provide all aspects of student support and academic matters.

Dawn has a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Nottingham, and has over 25 years of experience working in international education in the UK, Spain and Brazil. She started her management career at an English language school in Brazil and then returned to the UK to take her Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at King’s College London. She continued in teaching, teacher training and management in the private and the further education sectors prior to INTO Manchester.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys reading, travelling, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

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